If I Had My Life to Live OverWords & Music by Henry Tobias & Moe Jaffe, 1939**
Recorded by The Dinning Sisters, 1947
G G9 G B7 C C/B Am7 G As I review my life with you, C D7 Am7 G Since the days of old; C Cdim B7 Em I wouldn't think of changing things D A7 D D7 For all the world and it's gold. Am7 G G/F# Em Am7 D7 G If I had my life to live over, G B7 C C/B Am7 I'd do the same things again; C C/B D7 Cdim B7 Em I'd still want to roam near the place we called home, B+ A7 Cdim A7 Cdim D A7 Am7 Where my happiness never would end. Am7 G G/F# Em Am7 D7 G I would meet you when school days were over, D7 G B7 C C/B Am7 And we'd walk through the lanes we once knew. C C/B Cdim Am7 G G/F# E7 If I had my life to live over, Am7 E7 C C/B Am7 Cdim D7 G (D9 Am7 D7) I would still fall in love with you.
*Suggested by recent visitor Alan Reid.
**Larry Vincent got his name added to the writer's credit for recording the song, but he had nothing to do with writing it, so I left his name off deliberately here. The intro verse I've included is actually from a recording by Foster & Allen, but I hadn't heard it elsewhere; their 2005 version has some strong points in its favor (it is in fact the version I most prefer) as does one done by -- get ready for this, because I can't believe I'm actually writing these words -- Slim Whitman. All are infinitely preferable to my ear than the modernized, up-tempo rendition by Lou Rawls and others. I credit the Dinning Sisters here, but the decision is arbitrary -- and they sound so much like the Lennon Sisters on this one that its hard to distinguish the two vocal groups. But I'll stand by the credit line because they're a now-largely-forgotten act that deserves being remembered, one that had excellent harmonies in their recordings.